Jay Gruden finishes Washington interview, James Franklin reportedly up next

AP

If there’s going to be a tug-of-war for Jay Gruden’s services, the Redskins got an idea of how hard they’ll be tugging on Wednesday.

The team confirmed via their website that Gruden interviewed for their head coaching vacancy on Wednesday while offering no other details about the interview. It’s the middle leg of an expected three-day tour of NFL openings for Gruden, who interviewed for the Titans on Tuesday and is set to speak with the Vikings on Thursday.

There are reports out of Washington that Gruden is the top choice for the job, but, according to multiple reports, the Redskins are expected to continue the interview process on Thursday by speaking to Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin. Franklin’s name has come up in conjunction with other openings in the league as well as with the Penn State job vacated by new Texans head coach Bill O’Brien.

The Redskins have cast a wide net in their search for Mike Shanahan’s successor with Franklin the outlier among a list of NFL coordinators. It seems that search still has a little longer to go before the Redskins find their man.